Ask the Trainer: Outdoor Workouts
Question: Now that’s it finally starting to get nice out, how can I transition some of my cardio and strength training to the outdoors?
Answer: It’s that time of the year when the snow has melted and the temperature outside is rising. This is a great time of the year to get yourself outdoors for some variety and excitement in your workouts. Although going outside is a great alternative to indoor exercise, make sure you don’t lose sight of your strength training. If possible I would recommend spending about 3 -4 days a week in the health club to keep your muscles developed and to ensure you don’t lose muscle mass with a cardio only workout. Plan on taking 20 or 30 minutes to complete your weight training in the gym and then head outdoors. Many individuals in the summer time prefer to do their exercise outdoors and are very successful in doing so. Here are some ideas for you:
- Running or jogging- Take your indoor cardio workout outdoors and get some fresh air. Make sure in doing so you are still getting in your time allotment and keeping your heart rate elevated enough to see results. Also, make sure to stretch and stay hydrated as the sun can play a toll on your body and your hydration.
- Outdoor boot-camps- Many health clubs and Personal Trainers offer boot-camps or group training outdoors. Keep yourself motivated by working out in a team environment and having a Personal Trainer keep you motivated while doing so.
- Cycling- If you are a “spin class” person you can take your workout outdoors. Find local groups or pair with a friend and burn your calories on the road.
- Any sport- If you play soccer, tennis, football, baseball, or any outdoor sport, you can do things that are fun for you to burn extra calories. Use recreation as a means of exercise and have more fun in your life and in your fitness goals.